Many of you have sent us the question “How do I know if I’m sensitive (or allergic) to a body care product?” Providing a list of symptoms is not easy because negative body responses vary by person and by product. For example, when using the same product, some people may only sneeze and cough while others may realize hives.
Instead of focussing on exact symptoms, we’re going to shift the focus to noticing negative changes in both the appearance and function of your body. Specifically, thinking about the who, when, where and how of a negative reaction is important for accurate diagnosis and treatment. So, asking questions like the ones below may help you answer the question of whether or not you have an allergy to a body care product.
- Who – Person experiencing the negative appearance on or function of their body. Any health issues? Medications currently taken?
- When – Does the negative experience happen frequently or infrequently? Day or night? Around or after a specific activity? Start date or timeframe? Was a new product introduced to your routine?
- Where – Is this negative experience tied to a location? Indoors or outdoors?
- How – Is the negative experience seen, felt or both? Does it improve, stay the same or get worse over time?
If you’re not sure of the answers, then it may be worth it to keep a journal detailing each time you experience a negative reaction. Answers to these questions may help point you and your physician down the right path of truly understanding what is happening. It is also helpful if you’re currently taking medication that you feel as though may not be working.
Some physicians and surgeons focus on changes in the body’s appearance and function to help properly diagnose a sensitivity (or allergy) in their patients. Because some sensitivities (or allergies) can have the same symptoms as illnesses or diseases, asking questions like the ones above helps confirm an accurate diagnosis. This method was also used to help MASS EDEN Founder & Owner, TL Robinson, discover her allergies to body care and cosmetic products. Originally diagnosed with and treated for asthma and rosacea (from a prior physician), TL was able to eliminate the offending products from her routine and end her symptoms.
Identifying whether or not you are sensitive (or allergic) to body care products is not always a simple task. Because each of you and your negative responses are different, we cannot give a simple answer to help you confirm a sensitivity (or allergy). The best way to do this is to understand your body and how it responds when introduced to body care products.
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